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Economics Department

Economics has been described as confronting the problem that arises when people have unlimited wants, but limited means. As a Siena economics major, you’ll study social systems, including families, markets, and corporations, so you can make policy recommendations and decisions that help bridge the gap between wants and means.

The Economics Department at Siena College creates a learning environment that emphasizes both mainstream and heterodox approaches to economics, as well as principles of economic justice related to Siena's Franciscan tradition.  Our curriculum is taught critically and comparatively to promote inquiry and intellectual growth, and provides outstanding career preparation.  The B.A. offers students the opportunity to focus on the relationship between economics and society, while the B.B includes specific trainng in the functional areas of business.

If you pick up the newspaper or turn on the news, it’s clear that economic forces impact all of us on a daily basis. The field of economics encompasses important societal issues, from social welfare programs, employment rates, and income inequality to inflation, monopolies, and antitrust laws.

Why study economics?

A background in economics helps you understand, debate, discuss, and form national and international policy. Economists ask questions about societal programs and problems and employ mathematical and statistical tools to form sound policy. If you’re interested in international trade, international affairs, business cycles, or the stock markets, consider majoring in economics. A degree in economics also prepares you for careers in banking, law, marketing, journalism, environmental science, and medicine.

B.A. versus B.S.

Siena College offers a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in economics, as well as an economics minor. Our B.A. track focuses on the relationship between economics and society, while our B.S. track requires additional study in business. To decide which is right for you, visit our course catalog or speak with a member of our department faculty.

Economics News

  • Siena Launching MBA Program

    Siena has received state approval to offer a master’s degree in business administration. Read More

  • Economics of Travel and Tourism

    Ever look at a secluded island or town and wonder how it became a tourist hot spot? As technology grows, tourism and travel expands permitting more people to travel. The massive multibillion dollar travel industry that allows people to travel to the most exotic and remote areas of the world. However, the influx of visitors to a specific area also creates major negative impacts that can ruin a region, but are often overlooked. Read More

  • Siena's New Business Major: Q&A With Dean Seifert

    We've got big news for aspiring business majors (and non-business majors, too, as you'll read about here): Siena now offers a true, plain-and-simple business major. Read More

Department Chair

Aaron Pacitti

Aaron N. Pacitti

Associate Professor of Economics

102F Kiernan Hall

(518) 782‑6892